Saturday, December 16, 2017

Wylde Ivy Perfumes: Part III

Finally getting around to posting about my third installment of Wylde Ivy scents from my initial order. I have since placed an order for a full sized Autumn's Twilight, a soap and some more samples. But let me not get too far ahead, shall we?

It's My Party
Not sure if this is the good girl version or the bad girls version, either way it is certainly a sweet and sexy little thing full of flirty pink vanilla buttercream and candied amber and sugared musk. It does remind me of the Day of the Sugar Skull perfume I bought here from Wylde Ivy but this one is a touch more vivid and sweet, more shimmering and concentrated. Day of the Sugar Skull leans more smoky and dark, like a veil of dulcet musk. Both are lovely but I do think Day of the Sugar Skull suits me more.

Stuck on You- Notes: Sticky melted fruit candy, dried cotton candy, a touch of strawberries and sweet musk.
First spritz reveals strawberry candy crystals sold in glassine pouches at a fairy themed candy stand at a Renaissance festival. Clouds of pink candy floss hover weightless in paper cones perched over the strawberry candies, trailing sparkling curled ribbons like edible kites. A waft of vanilla infused musk threads through the stall from the candle burning softly in the backroom where the magic is happening, the treats are concocted. This is a lovely frilly fragrance sparkling with sugar and sweets and musk. This is for the days you wear pointed ears, glitter on your cheekbones or even just your geeky fandom shirt and a pair jeans and Vans. Skull earrings are a bonus. 

Moonstone & Opal- Notes: Tobacco leaf, Tahitian vanilla, cedarwood, orange blossom, white patchouli, tea rose, black bamboo, crushed amber and ripe pear.
Blossom infused green tea (must be the bamboo and pear?) opens the scent, then a heart of vanilla laced pear skin unfurls  to greet the senses. Here it undulates between sweet fruity tobacco and that pear. It is lovely and faceted with glowing flecks of light much like the opals and moonstones of its namesake. It dries into a pale yet sweet cedarwood dream. 

Lavender Berry
Not sure of the notes and I cannot locate them but it opens with a deep and dark wildberry melange, dotted with sugared lavender buds. As it settles, a gorgeous musky syrup pulls forward that smells like candied vanilla lavender and crunchy amber sugar crystals. I love this scent. Hoping it makes a seasonal return.

Violet Fluff- Notes: Candied violets surrounded by a bed of vanilla infused marshmallow fluff.
Powdery sweet fruit candies wreathed with baby violets and resting atop a hill of sticky vanilla infused marshmallow fluff. The candies smell a touch like those hard strawberry candies with the gooey centers in the shiny wrappers. It is a lovely sweet scent that smells of innocence and childhood.

Night Heat- Notes: Amber musk, myrrh, dried vanilla, night blooming jasmine, aged sandalwood and a kiss of clove bud.
Spicy jasmine crackles and glows on the skin in the top notes. The name of this scent is paired perfectly with how it smells. This sultry and sexy fragrance smells like a hot summer night inflamed with passion. The heart pulls the jasmine towards the woodsy resinous myrrh and the clove falls behind. The base is redolent of toasted vanilla sandalwood. This one is light on the sugar and heavy on warmth and coziness.

Apple Kiss Kiss- Notes: Crisp apple slices, melted marshmallow and crushed vanilla beans, cardamom and musk.
I was not prepared to enjoy this as much as I do. Apple scents tend to be hit or miss for me but I fully adore this one. It surrounds me in the most crisp and sweetly spiced apple cider that I have ever occasioned to sip. It still has that signature sweet musk that lurks beneath many Wylde Ivy scents that keeps it from being too literal and makes it perfect as a perfume. Apple Kiss Kiss is true love from first spray to last tendril. 

Of this collection I most enjoy wearing Apple Kiss Kiss, Night Heat, Lavender Berry and Stuck on You. Apple Kiss Kiss will be seriously considered as a full sized bottle. There is a sale going on until December 18th, where if you buy $75 worth of product, you can get a free full sized perfume of your choice using the code HOLIDAYPERFUME.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mermaid Treasure: Laurel and Lime

Laurel and Lime is an Etsy shop run by Katie Kelly out of Clearwater, Florida. Clearwater is one of the beaches I grew up frolicking on as a child and it always tickles me to shop from local artisans. My sister Darby showed me this ladysmith and her creations and I fell in love with quite a few pieces. Darby ended up buying some ocean jasper meteorite earrings for herself, while I picked up an oak leaf ring.

It arrived in a cute green bag and the ring was tied on a card. I chose the leaf shape (which came in various metals as well) and the band type. I enjoy custom rings since my size tends to be large and not the average ring size offered from silversmiths. 

I chose the hammered band. I love wearing this ring. The details are rustic, natural perfection, yet it is simple and sweet at the same time. I find her prices to be very reasonable. This ring was $40.

If you could have a leaf or flower as a ring what would you choose? Do you have any new shiny things in your life?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Little Green Bean

Jay over at The Candle Enthusiast showed me these adorable little fellas a little while back and I fell in love pretty hard. Missy is the creative and crafty lady behind The Little Green Bean. She makes banners, pillows, wood crafts and of course, these gnomes. There is a monthly subscription service as well.

I would have bought every stinking one if I had my druthers. Thankfully, my druthers were left at the dry cleaners so I only bought three. Plus a mushroom. One of the gnomes was of the legless variety in a festive red scheme. The felted gnomes run about $28. The mushroom was about $15 and comes on a cross-section of wood with moss and buttons as dots.

These sweater clad ZZ Top gnomes were between $36 and $44 each (the solid one was on sale). I did have a 10% discount code that was given to me once I had some in my cart and then navigated away. I gladly used it and checked out not long after. 

Everything was packed perfectly and came in a timely manner. I scrunched up the stripped sweater gnome's beard. I just need to name them now. I might have the girls help me. 

I did spruce up a pine cone to add to the bookshelf decor. 

I am thrilled with the way my bookshelf turned out this Christmas season. And now with our new friends hanging about I have even more reason to stand and gaze at the books and their whimsical home and company. 

Any name recommendations for my fellas? 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bath & Body Works: Fireside Candle

Baby It's Cold Outside is a cute name and a cheery label for Bath & Body Works' Fireside candle. This cozy woodsy and softly smoky scent is always a pleasure for me to burn. The cedarwood smells warm and velvety with nuances of mahogany. The embers glow with amber and wisps of smoke. The throw on this one is great. It scents my entire kitchen and living area. 

If you are a fan of Fireside, then this candle will be a treat to burn. It is cute and throws wonderfully. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Melting Basket 112: Holly Jolly Scents

Festive wax melts from the previous basket that I would joyfully buy again: Beezy Marshmallow Fireside, LSC Cedar Wreath, CFTKR Sugared Strawberry Spruce and Citrus & Balsam, Tiffany Winter Dreams, Bohemienne Life  Pumpkin Forest, Candy Panda Winter Blanket.

Lasting Scent Candles- Magical Mistletoe
Lasting Scent Candles- Holiday Hearth
Lasting Scent Candles- Cranberry Citrus Balsam
Lasting Scent Candles- Christmas Tea
Candy Panda- Wonderful Christmastime
CFTKR- Spiced Cranberry
CFTKR- Dane of the Sugar Plum Fairy
CFTKR- Balsam and Citrus
CFTKR- Christmas Cabin
CFTKR- Mulled Wine
CFTKR- Plumberry Spice

If you are interested in hearing about any of these scents in depth, please feel free to let me know which ones in the comments or send me a message. 

We spent the day in Epcot Saturday. The World Showcase is a location I never tire of, especially around Christmas time. Germany always offers the most beautiful Christmas ornaments and I like to bring one or two (or three!) back every time we make it there. The first one I fell for immediately was this mushroom hat wearing gnome, troll, handsome mustached forest creature fella. 

The clip-on tall mushroom had to live on our tree...

and Savanna insisted on the feather tailed cardinal (which didn't take much insisting as I love birds too and it reminds me of the cardinals that live in our oak tree in the backyard). 

This Christmas is the year of the mushroom ornament and I love it. 

I neglected to show the bookshelf decoration in the home tour because I was waiting on a decoration order to arrive. It came and now my bookshelf is holiday dressed. I will feature these gnomes this week in more detail. 

The house is now decorated. I have to wrap presents and bake some goodies for the neighbors this week. And a few more gifts to buy. But I am happy and hopeful this holiday season. My first class is done and now I feel much lighter and ready to celebrate.

How are your plans coming along? Anything left to do? Are you excited or stressed? Hoping the former rather than the latter for you.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Tour

Hello, friend! Are you feeling the Yule Cheer? I must say that I am and it is nice. 

Creepy elves are perched in wait and stockings are hung from the counter with care.

The girls and I have been enjoying the advent calendar activities and treats every morning. So far we have strolled about our church's community light event, picked out and decorated our tree, read Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas, and received new hairbows. 

I am really excited about the tree this year and cannot stop pausing to linger by it and take in the ornaments. We have all our old favorites but I also inherited some Santa's from around the world glass ones from my great aunt who passed away. I love them. I have Santas from Norway, Mexico, Ireland, India, Africa, Germany, France and more. 

All I am missing are the couple gnomes I picked up online from The Little Green Bean which should be coming soon. Once they arrive I will put them on my bookshelf and take a picture. 

Netflix Fireplace is my jam. I cannot stop watching them. So cozy. All I need is a robe and a corncob pipe. What are your favorite types of ornaments? Do you do stockings? Advent calendars?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Scumugs Pottery

New plant (meet Gimli!) and a new pot in the family. I follow Rising Tides jewelry on IG (and yes you will probably see a haul from there in the future, she has a crystal and crescent moon ring I am drooling over) and the maker, Cherry, showcased a Scumug pot on one of her InstaStories. InstaLove. I headed on over to Scumugs and found this pot and brought it home to live. 

It has little drainage hole that will flow into the lower lip of the planter. The glaze is stunning. A dusty aqua merges with onxy while a speckled ivory banner pronounces "R.I.P." and drips with a silvery glaze on the edges like so many tears shed for the ghosts of plants past. The pot runs $32 which is quite reasonable for my tastes and shipped safely. 

Now, I am hoping the label is not a self-fulfilling prophesy because Toddles is awful interested in Gimli. 

Scumugs is having a pre-sale for these planters (there is one that pleads "Don't Die" that I just scooped up last night) right now. You can even choose your color glaze. I asked to be surprised. 

Between tongue-in-cheek planters, mushrooms, gnomes and fluffy cypress plants I am in hog heaven. Would you go for the R.I.P. planter or the Don't Die?